Sculpting Blush
Last Updated:11.28.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Sculpting Blush doesn’t allow you to “sculpt” your face because blush doesn’t really do that. Sculpting is best done with a combination of tan to brown and cream (light) colors because the goal is creating shape and definition via highlights and shadows. Such an effect cannot be achieved with pink, rose, and peach blush colors, and that’s mostly what you’re getting here.

Despite the odd name, this pressed-powder blush comes in a sleek, slim compact. Its texture is smooth and on the dry side, but it applies evenly and provides fairly strong color. For best results, apply sparingly with a good blush brush and build as needed. Women with darker skin tones will appreciate the pigmentation this blush has!

Almost all of the shades fall into the pastel range, and most have a hint of shine, but it’s soft and flattering rather than glittery—and it doesn’t flake. All told, a well done though price powder blush that’s suitable for all skin types.

  • Smooth texture and even, flake-free application.
  • Strong color deposit is great for dark skin tones.
  • Can be applied sheer and layered for greater intensity.
  • Shiny finish that’s flattering rather than distracting.
  • Expensive.
  • Mostly pastel shades are not what you want to use to sculpt your face (tan to brown tones work best followed by lighter flesh-toned shades to highlight).
Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands’ ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be average—certainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brand’s standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

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